It’s seven in the morning and I’m pretty sure I’m done writing for now. I got a few hours of sleep, fully intending to actually go to bed, then woke up and stayed that way. This turned out to be a mixed blessing as I then wrote 4,200 words that I am very, very happy with.
The afternoon netted be over 2,000 giving me a total of around 6,500 words for day nine. That bleeds into Sunday (day 10) so I don’t really know how to count it, but whatever, I’m calling that day nine.
Currently, the story is at 112, 391 words. If you’re scratching your head at that total, that’s because of a lot of cannibalization of previous words. Those don’t get counted in my word count for the day, but obviously do for the total. Because so much is getting recycled, and so much getting cut because it no longer fits with what I have written, I have a wonky word count.
So, where am I on the total story?
A lot of what I’ve done over the past few days needs review before I can say I’m happy, but the right ideas are on paper. All they need is some polish. I am happy with over half the story, but still haven’t been able to make it to the climax where things Get Real (which also needs heavy surgery to see what can and can’t be kept, and new words to go along with what I’ve written). This will prove difficult over the next few weeks. I will write intermittently today, but won’t be able to marathon it like I’ve been doing. I go back to work tomorrow (and have class after that) and will be coming back to a week and a half of emails and a very busy workload. Balancing that with writing will be challenging.
I do, however, plan on continuing this log past the day 10 mark. I know I’m not going to get done everything I wanted, but I’ve accomplished a lot. Not as much as some people can (I don’t know how people can write a whole book in a month, ten days, etc.) but enough for me to say this has been a success.
My last update will be this evening with today’s writing. Beyond that, we will see how long it takes.